Deborah Rider


Debbie is a specialist dispute resolution lawyer.

Debbie’s practice covers all forms of commercial and residential property litigation. Over the years, she has advised on a variety of disputes in the real estate field and routinely advises clients on matters including 1954 Act lease renewals, dilapidations and forfeiture, for example.  On the residential property side, Debbie regularly advises on estate management issues and acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to the multitude of issues that can affect residential blocks, including service charge disputes and breach of covenant claims.  Debbie’s residential property experience also includes the conduct of enfranchisement and lease extension claims.

As a separate specialism Debbie is experienced in media and intellectual property disputes advising on matters such as copyright, trademarks, passing off and domain name ownership.

Debbie works hard to find practical solutions to her clients’ problems.  She appreciates the importance of giving straightforward and clear advice, which focuses on the requirements of individual cases to best achieve a favourable result.

Career highlights

In the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 Debbie attracts particular praise for her real estate dispute resolution work.

Past high profile cases include:-

Acting in a leading case on the ability to forfeit a deposit under s.49(2) of the Law of Property Act 1925 - Tennero Limited v Majorarch Limited.

Acting in one of the few cases to have reached the Court of Appeal under the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.


  • Property Litigation Association

Out of the office

Debbie has a keen interest in horse riding.  She enjoys travelling and spends a lot of time in France, being a self-confessed Francophile.